The Village Singers will be singing on Nov. 29 at the Darke County Home at 7 p.m. and will present their formal concert on Sunday the 2nd of December at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arcanum. Concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the public is invited to come and enjoy. The Gotham City Brass Quintet will also be performing at the concert the 2nd of December. Director Roseanna Bogan and members of the choir look forward to fellowshipping with you after the concert with punch and cookies.
The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will have visiting hours Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon. The historical property and house is located at 123 West George Street in Arcanum. Besides touring the house, a new display is on loan from Bob Weisenbarger which contains posters and maps from the Korean Conflict. If you have items to display or donate please let the society know; they are interested in acquisitions from any military conflict or war as well as other items from Southern Darke County. New family histories now on display include the Johannes Fourman and Stager families donated by Melody Fox. Please consider donating a copy of your family’s genealogy tree, photos, or stories. They also have detailed information from their recent program on Preservation Methods and Storage of Heirlooms which includes photos, albums, paper materials, and documents. The staff will be available to help you with research as well as organizing and documenting your family history or story. For those veterans who wish to record their experience or assist with this task, please see this interesting website at www.voicesfromthefront.org; this is about a young man, Kyle Miller who is doing an Eagle Scout Project to record stories of Veterans. A Boy Scout from Pickerington, Ohio, Kyle Miller intends to interview 1,000 Veterans of World War II and the Korean War and post their stories on his website, “Voices from the Front.” He selected this important project and hopes to complete this daunting undertaking within a year to obtain Eagle Scout rank. He has a deep love of History and realizes it is imperative to record the stories of these aging Veterans before they are gone. The Historical Society’s hours are open the First Saturday of every month or by appointment. Please see our web site for current updates and information at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org.
The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present their annual Christmas Concert performed by The Community of Churches Homecoming Choir on Dec. 2, 2012, at 6 p.m. A musical prelude will be presented by Norma Baker and Lois Stickley at 5:30 p.m. Choir members represent over ten area churches. Refreshments will be served following the concert. All are welcome. Come and enjoy this annual event. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.
As many have observed the “Green Space” project on the site of the old Arcanum School building is underway. Some members of the community have asked how they can be a part of this project. There are still significant parts of the project that need to be funded. The park consists of a bubbling rock, 5 benches, 4 urns, 11 trees, and numerous shrubs and plants. At this time, the following have been spoken for: 5 benches and 4 of the 11 trees. Giving opportunities have been divided into the following levels of giving: $50 to $100 Sustaining Patron; $151 to $350 Sponsor; and $351 and above Benefactor.
All donors will be acknowledged with either an individual plaque for the item donated or a composite plaque that acknowledges all donors to this important community project. The Arcanum Garden Club envisions this space to a meditative or reflective site enhanced with trees, flowers, benches, and the soothing effect of running water. They envision this space to be used by families, children, seniors and visitors to our community. To make a donation to this project make check payable to the Arcanum Garden Club accompanied by the information about who the donation is in memory of/or sponsored by and mail to Donna Kronenberger, 7 Summerfield, Arcanum, Ohio 45304. Any questions can be directed to Donna the club’s treasurer at 937-692-6345. Currently a committee is selecting a name for the park from the suggestions that were submitted earlier this fall. Thank you to all those who have generously donated to date. Donors can be individuals, families, alumni classes, groups, or businesses.
Three local Arcanum homes will be open for Holiday Viewing hosted by The Olde Porch on Dec. 2 from 2-5 p.m. Proceeds from this tour will go to support the Grace Resurrection Community Center in Greenville. The tour will begin at the Dolan Home 208 S. Sycamore St., The Lavy’s at 6152 Hollansburg-Arcanum Rd., and the Brinksneader Farm at 4923 Hollansburg-Arcanum Road. Each home is beautifully decorated and very unique. Tickets may be purchased at the Ivy League on Broadway in Greenville, Farmer Browns, Serendipity Salon and The Olde Porch all in Arcanum. Bring a friend to get into the Christmas spirit!
Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at email@example.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.